Combination back pain describes discomfort in the back coupled with symptoms in one or more other areas of the body. While back pain might be the primary complaint for many patients, up to 90% of affected victims also have one or more secondary pain zones. These secondary symptomatic areas should not be discounted, since they are often good indicators of the true cause and severity of the actual source of suffering. Sometimes, the pain in the back is secondary and the actual cause might reside in the other affected location.
Combination back pain is the rule rather than the exception. Very few patients have pain exclusively in the back itself. Far more common are the examples of widespread or radiating symptoms into the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, buttocks, leg or foot. Combination pain conditions are often taken for granted as being related, although a few may come from completely different causative processes. In most cases, symptoms are likely to be linked in some manner, either through a shared structural injury or abnormality, or the very real possibility for a shared psychoemotional causation.
This resource section examines the occurrence of symptoms in multiple locations which are experienced concurrently or in alternating fashion.
Combination Back Pain Causes
Pain in the back is most often the primary cause of serious discomfort for patients, which should not be any surprise. Remember, of all bodily aches, back pain is certainly one of the most agonizing and functionally disabling.
The back pain typically presents itself as a hotspot causing misery to radiate into the other affected regions. This may be good indicator of a pinched nerve or sciatica condition. If a nerve root is affected by some problem in the spine, the target areas served by that nerve can also suffer various neurological effects. However, there are many other plausible explanations for identical symptomatic syndromes to occur also, including muscular interactions.
Some diseases affect the spine and other bodily joints. Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis are 2 perfect examples of conditions affecting large areas of the skeleton. The degenerative effects of these conditions can cause back pain and secondary pain in severely affected areas of the body.
Muscular pain is probably the most common cause of combination pain in the back and other anatomical areas. An injured back muscle or neck muscle can create painful symptoms in an entire quadrant of the body.
Combination Back Pain Types
Combination pain syndromes can affect the back or neck and virtually any other region of the anatomy, including the following permutations:
Back and leg pain and especially lower back and leg pain are some of the most common of all combination symptom sets. Lower back and knee pain is also a typical set of combined sufferings which may or may not have a direct relationship to each other.
Neck and shoulder pain can make mobilizing the head and arms very difficult and uncomfortable.
Back and shoulder pain is an incredibly common upper dorsalgia problem, as is the related incidence of pain between the shoulders. Meanwhile when symptoms wrap around to the front of the upper body, back and chest pain might be a terrible and scary burden to face.
Back pain and headaches can be related by anatomical or mindbody factors.
Similarly, back pain and constipation can have a common neurological or psychogenic root source.
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Back Pain as a Secondary Symptomatic Zone
Some health problems are actually caused in the alternate pain zone and radiate pain into the back. Many muscle injuries can cause back pain from the compensation effect. Injury to the arm might affect the upper back or neck.
An injury to a leg can easily affect posture and create some lower back and pelvic pain. Make sure to have all painful zones properly screened and diagnosed to ensure the chance for successful treatment.
Statistically, non-dorsal primary pain zones will heal much better and resolve completely, when compared to the chances of a lasting cure for primary back pain.
Combination Back Pain and The Spine
The spine is the conduit of all the life energy in the body. If some problematic condition attacks this vital neurological superhighway, the area designated to receive the nerve energy will also be affected. Combination back pain is the norm, particularly for severe expressions.
During my decades of suffering with acute and chronic back pain, I experienced literally all of the above painful combinations. My symptoms affected my entire body at one time or another.
We often get letters from patients who are actively treating their pain. A new symptom pops up and they get thrown off course and frightened. This is not the right reaction. Instead of panicking, just consult with your doctor to ascertain any possible reason or relationship between the old and new symptoms. The body works as a whole and dysfunction, injury or pain in any area is bound to have dramatic effects on your entire anatomy.
Back ache in combination with other pain is par for the course. Learn to understand the symptomatic relationship and you have a great chance of defeating it, once and for all.
It is crucial to also consider the brilliant research of the various TMS doctors who write about back pain symptom substitution and the tendency for dorsopathy to morph and move in direct relation to treatment. The pain is not ready to give up so easily and will change in pattern, location or expression in order to seem more structurally motivated or simply to create doubt in the patient’s mind. This is the nature of tension myoneural syndrome and must be considered for any patient who has been diagnosed with TMS or a psychoemotional cause or contributor behind their pain.
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